Equifax, the credit reporting company is once more a victim of internet hackers after another incident victimizing unsuspecting users through a fake Adobe Flash Player installation. This information was shared by security analyst Randy Abrams with Ars Tehnica. Equifax has denied the rumor.
Equifax once more an easy pray
The security analyst believes Equifax was once more a target for hackers due to the fact that shortly after the Equifax website is opened, an Adobe Flash Player install opened a page with the hxxp//:centerbluray.info –. The domain is a rare one and it has made the security analyst suspicious. Equifax is just recovering after suffering a massive hacking incident last month in which personal information of 143 million people was compromised.
Ars Technica declared that Abrams did not expect to get the hoax a second time since these types of hacks target a low number of users and are applies once per visitor. Much to his surprise, the same suspicious activity appeared to him three times during three subsequent visits to the Equifax website. After following the instructions available when installing Adobe Flash Player, Abrams identified the files as malware by several antivirus tools.
Equifax released a statement in which it did not identify the browser’s activity as a hacking incident. The company explained that the IT team took down the website temporarily and investigated what happened.
In the statement to CNBC, Equifax officials declared that since learning of the issue, the vendor’s code was removed from the webpage and the page was also offline and pending further analysis.
Equifax is a consumer credit reporting agency in charge of collecting and aggregating sensitive information on more than 800 million consumers and more than 88 million businesses. The company was founded in 1899.